- "Kit" redirects here. For the doll, see Kit Kittredge (doll).
Personality and Facts
Kit was named after her mother and Aunt Millie; however, she prefers to go by her nickname. Kit is both derived from her last name and the Great War era song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag". She'd beg her father to "sing the kit song!" and soon after everyone began to call her Kit and the name stuck. Charlie calls her "Squirt."
Kit thinks herself as not being "flouncy." She is very much a tomboy who does not like pink or ruffles, and she cares little for baking, dusting, dresses, or dance class, even though she has shown an affinity for square dancing. She enjoys baseball, and her favorite player is Ernie Lombardi, the catcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Kit likes when boys are around because she believes they are always up to something. She is interested in everything and fancies herself a reporter and factual writer. Her favorite place is the newsroom of the Cincinnati Register, where she often is sent to deliver Uncle Hendrick's letters to the editor. She wins an award for her writing in Kit's Railway Adventure, and has also has a letter to the editor published in the newspaper. She loves to read, and is often reading The Adventures of Robin Hood, a book Charlie gave her.
Kit doesn't always like change, even though sometimes she wishes for them to happen. She has a fascination with the spunky, independent pilot Amelia Earhart. She has strong pride and dislikes feeling dependent on charity from others (or being a moocher) as she has called it, but learns to swallow it and tackle her problems with thrift and cleverness. She loves country life and the great outdoors. Kit is embarrassed easily, especially when the hardships of her life are revealed to others. Kit can be easily irritated and peevish.
Kit loves adventures. She often feels stuck with endless chores since her home became a boarding house, and she doesn't enjoy doing them (leading her to do a shoddy or slapdash job at first). While initially she dislikes having boarders and wishes her father would get a job so they could be evicted, she comes around to liking them and the Howards as well.
Kit is funny and charming, often winning the love and support of others. She doesn't like to see people suffer, and usually wants to bring attention to causes she believes in. Kit is practical and describes herself as spunky and straightforward. She often doesn't hold her tongue and ends up saying mean things without intending to. Kit very seldom cried before the Depression began to affect her life. Kit loves her father and feels he's the best man in the world, with or without a job.
American Girl characterizes her as resourceful and clever, having a can-do attitude and someone who loves to put her creativity to work to brighten someone else's day. She is also characterized as being inquisitive on her Meet video on YouTube, and the catalogue page on the American Girl Publishing site. The American Girl website also describes her as a bright light in the dark days of the Great Depression.
Family and Friends
- Margaret Kittredge: Mother.
- Jack Kittredge: Father.
- Charles Kittredge: Older brother.
- Hendrick Frosbythe: Great Uncle.
- Millie Morrison: Father's guardian and fictive kin aunt.
Friends and Other Minor Characters
- Stirling Howard: Kit's close friend.
- Ruthie Smithens: Kit's best friend.
- Louise Howard: Stirling's mother
- Will Shepherd: A young hobo.
- Main article: List of Kit's Books
- Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: movie
- Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Kit's Mystery Challenge: Nintendo DS game
- A Treehouse of My Own: PC Computer Game
- Main article: Kit Kittredge (doll)
- See Kit's Collection
- Kit was the first new Historical character released after Mattel had fully taken over American Girl; while she began development before the purchase was completed, there are no Pre-Mattel Kit dolls or collection items.
- Kit was the first character and Historical Character with short hair.
- Kit was the first character doll released with freckles. (While Felicity Merriman is described as having freckles, the doll does not.)
- Kit's address is 229 Abbot Place.
- While Kit's series and collection are tagged officially as the year 1934 by American Girl, her first central series book takes place in 1932 and carries until early 1934; she is thus the first Historical Character to break the pattern of books starting in a year that ends in a 4.
- Meet Kit, Looking Back section, pg 69: The year 1932, when Kit's story begins, was the lowest point of The Great Depression[...].
- The Jazzman's Trumpet starts in September 1935.
- At the time, WWI was known as the Great War; there was, of course, no way to logically know in 1932 that there would be a second World War in less than a decade.
- Meet Kit Kittredge
- American Girl Publishing: Kit
- Kit's Railway Adventure
|American Girl Historical Characters|
Caroline Abbott ♦ ★
Kit Kittredge ♦
Molly McIntire ♦ ★
|★ Archived / ♦ Part of the BeForever Collection|
|BeForever-Revised and Released Historical Characters|
Molly McIntire ♦ ★
|★ Archived | ♦ Re-released for BeForever | ♥ First Released in BeForever|